The Balkan Museums Network exists to celebrate, preserve and share the complex common heritage of the western Balkans. It is based on mutual respect and guided by a commitment to professionalism and shared ethics.
Newsletter of the Balkan Museum Network, December 2016

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'Meet, See, Do' conference! 

Call for Workshop Facilitators on ‘Meet, See, Do', April 2017
The fifth Balkan Museum Network’s annual conference ‘Meet, See, Do’ will be held between 06 – 08 April 2017 in Prishtina, Kosovo.

We would like to invite YOU to hold one of the workshops!
The themes you can apply within are:
  • Access and inclusion in museums
  • Building networks of and for museums and successful communication strategies
  • Digitization in museums
  • Learning in museums
  • Economic value of museums

‘Meet, See, Do’ consist of more than twenty sessions: keynote speeches, workshops, debates and talk shows, but the majority of the programme consists of practical workshops that run in parallel. For more information about the structure and results of the previous ‘Meet, See, Do’ BMN conferences please have a look aconference web.

We are looking for dynamic presenters who:

  • Preferably work in or with one of the museums in the Balkans, but can also come from civil society organization or academia,
  • Have a lessons to share, preferably related to the key topics of the conference, but other topics are also welcomed,
  • Come from the Balkans, but applications from other regions will also be assessed.

Workshops are the DO part of the conference! They last 60 min for max 20 participants. The workshop should be around sharing your knowledge in an active manner, involving the participants. You can choose co-presenter if it adds value to the quality of the workshop you are proposing. Please submit a proposal for the workshop by submitting this online form until 20 January 2017.

Share your innovative and participatory work with museum colleagues!

Join us in joining hands!
UK Museum Association, Glasgow conference 7-9 November 2016
Ongoing work with museums and heritage of the Balkan Museum Network and the Cultural Heritage without Borders to support democracy, human rights and peacebuilding was presented at the Annual Conference of the Museum Association in Glasgow, UK, November 2016.  In a participatory conversation Museums and Peacebuilding: Can We Really Help?, Diana Walters, international heritage consultant and member of the BMN Steering Board, Clive Bartlett, pastor, Pinehurst Community Church, Michéle Taylor, trainer and facilitator involved in the BMN, and Tatjana Cvjetićanin, president of the BMN Steering Board, shared knowledge of on-going international peacebuilding initiatives through museums, discussed the potential and actual role of the international museum community as agents of change for peace and reflected on challenges, necessary skills, and their own experiences. MA 2016 Glasgow conference, with participation of more than 1,000 delegates, had three main themes – Being Brave: courage, innovation & risk-taking, People and Places: stories, communities and collections and Health and Wellbeing: impact, evidence and delivery.
Crafting Access: Creative Techniques for Increasing Museum Access
Museum curators and craftspersons from Greece and Albania met in Gjirokastra for seven days long training in the period 17 – 23 October 2016. Participants heard examples of projects that were developed with and for disabled people in both Greece and Albania. Balkan Museum Access Group (BMAG) member Ms Etleva Demollari presented the situation in Albania concerning inclusion of disabled people in museums. She also presented “Museum in a Suitcase” that exists in the Historical Museum of Albania in Tirana as educational tool for disabled children. Mr Panagiotis Gioti talked about "Approaches to learning and disability" especially for blind and partially sited persons. For more information about the training visit CHwB web site.
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Welcome new member!

The Historical Museum of Tepelena is situated at the entrance of the town Tepelena (Albania) and it includes archaeological historical and ethnographic objects. These objects represent Tepelena territory and date back from the bronze time up to now.  The objects of historical importance are exhibited in the liberation and independence showrooms, as well as in archaeological and Ali Pasha showroom, Vlorawar and ethnographic room.
The Children in Museums Award

If you are organizing children's exhibitions or having museum departments for children and would like to promote your activities that are experimental, risky and challenging institutional values, 
apply for this award. It is given by the 'Hands On!'by the International Association of Children in Museums and 'European Museum Academy' by the European Museum Expertise Foundation.
Apply now! Next application deadline is March 1st 2017! Read about shortlisted projects and museums and other activities at the web site of the award. 
Three projects are being implemented through the small grant 2016 programme  

Follow our web site and Facebook page for the news on ongoing projects implemented by member museums:

“Shkodran Memories: Stories of Communism Passed Down”, implemented by The Site of Witness and Memory (part of Shkodra Historical Museum) together with Consulting and Development Partners (NGO), Albania

“HI(STORY) FUNHOUSE”, implemented by the History Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina & EDUS (Education for all, Association for advancement of education and support for children with and without developmental delays)

“Museum 4 all – Museum 2 go!”, implemented by the Homeland Museum of Knjaževac, Serbia
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